Contributors

Ken MacquistenDr. Ken Macquisten is a practicing companion animal veterinarian in Abbotsford.  He is also a wildlife veterinarian, former Zoo Director, a founder of the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, lead veterinarian for the Northern Spotted Owl breeding project, and is a Recovery Team Member of the highly endangered Oregon Spotted Frog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike GildersleeveMike is recently married and has lived in Mission for the last four years. He is a proud parent of two adult children. He has worked as a social worker for the last 25 years and for the last 9 years in the role as a collaborative practices facilitator with the Ministry for Children and Family Development. He is also a BCGEU Shop Steward in Local 604. He is community minded and has a track record of being community involved. He is Chair of the Board for the Wilderness Committee, a member of the Blue Mountain Kanaka Creek Conservation Group and has also been active in the Pitt Polder Preservation Society based in Maple Ridge. He has acted as a strong advocate for protection of our Agricultural Land Reserve. He has been very active in the Green Party both federally and provincially and is an active member of CAUSS.

Sylvia PincottSylvia Pincott has had a lifetime interest in caring for the natural world.  In 1994 she initiated Backyard Habitat, a community environmental initiative of the City for Abbotsford to encourage  “backyard” stewardship, and an appreciation for and understanding of “backyard biodiversity”, wildlife habitat requirements, and the essential interconnections between native plant and animal species.  Backyard Habitat became a pilot program for the province-wide Naturescape British Columbia, Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home, for which she is Naturalist Advisor and member of the Advisory Committee overseeing the program.

Having moved to Pender Island eight years ago, Sylvia’s focus is now more on “island” issues.  She is President of the Pender Islands Conservancy Association, and for 2010, received from Islands Trust (the governing body for the Gulf Islands), their Stewardship Award for Enduring Achievement.

The Pincotts have placed a Conservation Covenant on their Pender property, ensuring that its natural values will be protected in perpetuity – as they did on their Abbotsford property before beginning the island chapter of their life.

Bruce KlassenBruce Klassen and his wife Eileen have been residents of Silverdale, Mission since 1988. An avid photographer, specializing in nature and macro images, Bruce draws his creative inspiration from the beautiful and abundant threatened biodiversity that is found in the 5 acre woodland in which he stewards. Bruce has been CAUSS’ photographer since its inception 10 years ago. He was also the photographer for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. His photos of community events have been featured in the Mission Record and Times newspapers.

Bruce is highly active in the conservation movement and is a long standing member of the Central Valley Naturalists, CAUSS, Mission of Streams, Silverdale Wetlands Committee, Stave Valley Salmonoid Enhancement Society and the Streamkeepers. In addition to his photographical contributions, Bruce is active in civic affairs including member of the Mission Heritage committee, the Mission Official Community Plan planning committee, and Mission’s Environmental Charter committee.

Elena EdwardsHaving lived in the Fraser Valley for the past 20 years, Elena Edwards has seen the ongoing environmental degradation of the natural world that she loves. She considers herself fortunate to have grown up near the Fraser River and away from suburbia, where she formed an intimate relationship with the world of plants, animals, trees, mountains, and more.

In the past 20 years she has seen all of this torn apart and poisoned by industrial development, industrial agricultural practices, sprawl, and the actions of a society that seems to have an overall disregard for the importance of protecting and respecting the very nature of the earth that keeps us alive.

In the past few years she has become proactive in doing what she can to help protect what still remains of a natural environment, and in 2009 organized the Mission World Community Film Festival along with a dedicated committee of fellow nature lovers and activists for a more just world all around. That same year, she became a member of CAUSS, and now seeks to bring additional support to raising the level of awareness and instigate action against the threats to wilderness.

Don MairDon Mair is a long time resident of Mission a prolific painter, carver and outdoors enthusiast. His work has been featured at the premier of Vancouver’s Atropolis Exhibition in the Woodwards Building, at the Arts Council of Vancouver, as an invited artist of the Richmond Art Gallery, and at Mission’s Leisure Centre. He is inspired by Mission’s superior natural heritage and rural lifestyle. Don believes that art is a way of life, and enriches our existence.

Tracy LysterDr. Tracy Lyster is the chair of Citizens Against Urban Sprawl Society (CAUSS).

CAUSS is nonprofit society dedicated to preserving critical environmentally significant and sensitive natural areas in British Columbia from the devastating impacts of unsustainable development. CAUSS challenges governments to be accountable when industry and development proposals threaten the public’s right to clean air, water, local food security and healthy wild salmon stocks and has initiated numerous campaigns to increase public awareness and community engagement.

Val PackVal, her husband and children moved to Mission from Burnaby thirty-five years ago. She worked as a Social Services worker in the Mission and Abbotsford school districts, in addition to working as a self-employed tutor. As well as having varied interests, Val also has a keen interest in animal and environmental conservation.

Walter NeufeldWalter Neufeld was born and raised in Abbotsford. He manages a development company operating in BC and in Alberta. Walter has been a critic of the provincial government’s dysfunctional Mines Act for about 12 years. Most recently, he’s critiqued both Honourable Randy Hawes and the gravel industries Aggregate Pilot Project. The Aggregate Pilot Project is a harmful private production document which Hawes is currently trying to offload onto BC’s public domain.

Zoey SlaterZoey Slater graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology with concentrations in both ecology and organisms. Her focus has been on conservation and species at risk. She has coordinated a landowner contact program that helped bring awareness to local species at risk and their protection. She has also been involved in inventory work of invasive species throughout the Fraser Valley.